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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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748 Ratings
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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 819
Gots: 195 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Vicious and viscous, this menacing brew pours opaque black with a creamy maduro-colored head. Its aroma offers seductive whiskey, chewy red wine, dark fruit and lavish tobacco. Berserker Imperial Stout invades your taste buds with in-your-face flavor. Weighing in at almost 13% alcohol by volume, Berserker is completely out-of-control. Give it a good fight. Berserker Imperial Stout was aged in both red wine and whiskey barrels.

Original release of Berserker was at 10.4%, subsequent vintages have gone upwards of 12.7%. When reviewing, please list beer vintage and that vintage's specific ABV.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2005)
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John_M

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

Was lucky enough to pick up a bottle at Belmont Station last time out west.

The beer pours a viscuous, blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The head on this beer is a rich coffee color, which is typically the sign of an intensely flavored RIS. Likewise, the beer smells pretty good, with an aroma profile consisting of coffee, chocolate, molasses and prunes. Good as this beer smells, the flavor profile is flatout amazing. I get chocolate, coffee, molasses, maple syrup, dark fruits and some light licorise. Nothing is overdone in this moderately sweet RIS, and the restrained carbonation is perfect for the style. Mouthfeel is rich and plush in this lovely beer, and there's a mouthfilling consistency that is just wonderful. The beer has a long, drawn out finish, and drinkability is amazing. You can tell this is a big beer of course, but it's not at all boozy, and I was startled when I saw the 12.7% abv. on the label. Talk about a beer that carries its alcohol very well.

This is an exceptionally well made and delicious RIS. Yummy stuff!

Just recently had the 2012 vintage on tap during Bier Stein's anniversary celebration. I have upped my score accordingly, as the 2012 was a much better beer aromatically (incredible nose of milk duds, whiskey, chocolate, coffee and dark fruits), with a superior mouthfeel and a flvor profile at least as good as what I experienced back in 2009. IMHO, this beer is among the RIS elite (Kate, KBS, CBS, Aybss, Dark Lord, etc.), and is among the best made impy stouts on the planet. Just an incredibly fine beer...

12-20-2009 20:11:04 | More by John_M
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%

Much thanks to Ben for this one!

A: Pours a thick black with a dark tan head on top, decent retention forming a nice cap on tip. Moderate lacing.

S: This beer has a very nice aroma, some bourbon and roasted malt with a bit of chocolate and deep molasses. There is a little bit of smoke on the aroma as well.

T: Lots going on in the flavor profile here. Some chocolate and a bit of coffee upfront with a definite maple sweetness mixed in. There is a little bit of dark fruit, mostly raisin and cherry. Also a touch of smoke.

M: Full bodied, definitely on the thick side. Rather chewy.

O: A very solid beer from Midnight Sun. A beer I was happy to have split, not sure how much of it I could drink on my own.

01-30-2013 16:37:22 | More by mdaschaf
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-23-2013 05:57:22 | More by Kelp
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-03-2014 19:18:47 | More by sendbeer
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billab914

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

2009 vintage poured into my Stone RIS glass. pours a thick pitch black with a modest dark mocha colored head. The head clung to the sides of the glass and laced nicely on the sides.

Aroma is bold with coffee, chocolate and molasses all coming through. It has some sweetness coming through as well in the form of maple and vanilla. Slight alcohol present as well. The combination of the molasses, maple syrup and oak aging really come together well making for a very nice smelling and complex aroma.

Taste hits you at first with a coffee, chocolaty, roasty and burnt malt flavor. The burntness of the malts and the coffee definitely come through more then most of the Imperial stouts I have had. It also has hints of dark fruit, wood, vanilla and a slight alcohol bite in the finish. Like the nose it's both complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy with low carbonation. I can't really say anything negative about the mouthfeel, I love the thick heavy imperial stouts. Drinkability is very good. It's pretty easy drinking for nearly 13% and the fact that it's delicious doesn't hurt either.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, it definitely set itself apart from most imperial stouts I have had so far. I wish this was easier to get, but I'm glad I got to try it.

01-22-2010 01:21:32 | More by billab914
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

'09 bottle that Buckeyeboy busted out recently... I also shared one with SAS too about the same time period... thanks homies.

Dark brown 2 finger head... viscous looking black brew... fantastic retention and lacing.

Nose is a long "sniffer"... takes a while to wrap my mind around the massive complex aromas.... nothing is overdone and everything including the barrels is well integrated. Deep dark malts with no char.. just dark chocolate and slight whaffs of vanilla and bourbon.. caramel/burnt sugar..

Flavor has a touch more actual "oak" than the nose and some dark cherry cordial plays well with the big stout notes.. bits of French Roast and something that I can only describe as brewers licorice .. plush body and a lite carbonation.

Very yummy... top shelf. Awesome that we've been getting these into Boise. Thanks to Jeremy, Steven, and Rick for helping me out.

4.5/5/4.5/4/4

10-13-2010 05:57:29 | More by JohnGalt1
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.8%

10-01-2012 06:14:42 | More by Zaphog
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-12-2013 20:00:45 | More by PEIhop
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beertunes

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -17.1%

No vintage on bottle, but purchased recently, so probably '13. 12.7 ABV. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid black color, with just the very thinnest cap of light brown head that dissipated instantly, thus leaving no lacing. No carbonation in the glass, or on subsequent pours.

The scent had a fair bit going on. Light base grains, the most faint hint of wood and bourbon, and several different sweet tones. There was also, as one might expect, a noticeable alcohol aspect. The barrel was a slight bit more noticeable on the tongue, the maple showed through on its own (unlike in the nose), and what I assume was molasses made for a fairly sweet taste. There was definitely an alcohol burn at the back, and some bourbon lingered for a minute.

The body was way too thin for what I look for in a big stout, pretty much porterish. Drinkability was good for such a big brew, but taking down a 22 by self was quite enough for one day, thank you. Overall, a pretty good take on the style, not really the thrill for me that it seems to be for a lot of people, but worth trying if you see it.

10-27-2013 02:04:14 | More by beertunes
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HopHead84

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

2008 Vintage.Pours black with a two finger, brown, thick head. Retention is good, as is the lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Some oak is noticeable and the alcohol is apparent.

Flavor is very rich bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee. Also, boozy molasses and oak with mild whisky notes. The long finish is bitter chocolate, coffee, and lingering alcohol.

Berserker is full bodied with great carbonation. Mouth feel is creamy.

2005 Vintage consumed on 7/25/2009. Thanks a lot Stephen!

I'm boosting the nose and drinkability on this one by .5. The whisky is very pronounced and some time has done wonders for this beer. The vanilla and oak are also more apparent in the nose. This beer is fantastic and I'd drink the hell out of it.

12-23-2008 17:32:03 | More by HopHead84
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from a bomber into a goblet, the beer pours jet black, like oil, with a slow formation of a dark tan surface coating of head that quickly recedes into a sparse coating in the shape of a Rorschach inkblot. This one looks like a hummingbird. Anyway, there is some carbonation action throughout the body, and the tan coloring makes it very visible. Aromas of molasses, maple, char, smoke, and chocolate. This smells like an early winter camping trip. Flavors are rich and sweet forward, with chocolate and maple bursting forth like candy on the tongue. Cloyingly sweet, but a heavy coffee backbone provides the bitterness needed to balance everything out. Smoke and roast highlights round the edges throughout, and hints of cream and wood character provide some levity. The body is light, but still creamy and smooth, almost whipped. The aftertaste is more to the bitter side, with coffee, chocolate, and roast blending with some of the booze and wood characteristics. Slick, coating finish that leaves a subtle bitterness blend of coffee and chocolate. This is a great beer!

12-09-2013 19:00:40 | More by GarthDanielson
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-11-2013 00:15:34 | More by rolltide8425
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottle opened on 9.10.12.
Thanks Wingshooter.

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one inch dark brown head with fine bubbles, good retention.

S - Sweet molasses, wood, bourbon.

T - Sweet, lots of bourbon, chocolate and oak.

D - Super thick, heavy body. Decent carbonation.

O - Sweet and boozy, thick and visious and lots of oak.

09-25-2012 05:48:46 | More by HuskyinPDX
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-09-2013 13:57:50 | More by TurdFurgison
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dirtylou

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -22.8%

2012 vintage

#Infectiongate

appearance: served in an oversized snifter, jet black body, creamy mocha lace

smell: bourbon, tannin notes, rich fudge

taste: charred malt, fudge, smoke, light bourbon, soy sauce. I don't know if its the "infection" or what, but at $20, this is a huge dissapointment.

mouthfeel: a bit thin, lots of soy in the finish

overall: this is a Pass in the future

12-09-2012 22:09:55 | More by dirtylou
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

01-16-2012 23:13:59 | More by drummermattie02
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-22-2013 18:23:55 | More by ShanePB
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-23-2013 04:22:12 | More by tobelerone
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%

22oz bottle poured into large snifter - thanks to brystmar - 2012 bottle

Viscous opaque blackness in the glass with a bubbled dark brownie colored head resting on top. Thick collar of tanned retention with spotty lacing left on the glass.

Smoky and sweet in the nose, driven by a combination of maple syrup, chocolate cake and bourbon. Oak, dark fruit, coffee and vanilla bean with toffee and roasted dark malts. Warm and boozy.

Slick and sweet up front with bourbon warmth, cocoa powder and dark chocolate bark. Vanilla beans with caramel and toffee, layered on a maple syrup base. Oaky and warm with a thick, robust malt backbone. Touches of tobacco and red wine with roasted coffee beans. Multiple layers of flavor and malt continue to evolve while drinking, leading into a boozy and sweet finish.

Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy and sticky on the tongue. I've tasted this a couple times before, but this was my first time enjoying the better part of a bottle and I couldn't be happier with this. Wonderfully deep and warm with plenty of rich bourbon and chocolate, finished off with sticky maple syrup and vanilla. I'd seek this out again in a second.

02-23-2013 04:16:45 | More by xnicknj
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -11.3%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Almost inky. Good sized mocha head. Collar of dark khaki foam as it settles.

Smell - Bourbon is nice but faint. Slight vinous characteristic. Oak and some dark fruits combining, probably, but it's a little more acidic than that. Lots of chocolate.

Taste - Nice chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate. Molasses. Bourbon is even fainter here. Bitter finish, seemingly from roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Extremely bitter, not what I expected. Masks a lot of flavor. Well carbonated.

Overall - The barrel seems weak to me, but the other flavors are good.

06-10-2013 17:05:15 | More by Alieniloquium
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -11.3%

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours pitch black with a dark brown head; light lacing. Aroma of dark malts and molasses. Dark and roasted malts, molasses, chocolate. A rather stark flavor profile. Finishes with hops and bitter roasted malts. Medium bodied. Not as integrated as other RIS. I'll cellar a few to see if it improves.

07-04-2012 23:09:17 | More by LiquidAmber
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%

I had this at dld. Appearance is black, not much to note. The aroma is a little light some coffee, vanilla a little wood. Tasting it its very hard to tell it was barrel aged, there is a little wood to it but I think its muted by using of red wine barrels too. This is a good stout, not great, probably not worth searching out.

05-03-2010 22:44:48 | More by jrallen34
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

2012 Vintage poured in to tulip.

A - Poured ink black. Thick and viscous. A small layer of mocha coloured head formed and immediately reduced to a thin ring around the glass.

S - Huge cocoa aroma up front that gives way to a complex nose that includes roast, bourbon, vanilla, vinous fruit and char/ash. Sweet molasses is present as well. Big and bold nose. Can't specifically pick up the maple syrup.

T - Barrel qualities noticeable immediately up front: bourbon, oak and red wine. The base beer attributes come through mid-palate: roast, char, tobacco, dark fruit and espresso. The finish has a touch of sweetness with the molasses and maple syrup coming through. Overall, this beer is quite hot and full of big, bold flavours that come together very well. Definitely a sipper.

M - Full body. Thick and viscous. Light carbonation.

O - This was quite an interesting beer. I am very interested to see what some age does to this since it was quite hot.

10-08-2012 13:30:20 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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chippo33

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

05-27-2013 01:42:48 | More by chippo33
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -15.2%

Big thanks goes out to marine1975 for sharing this one during the ORF '11 release. 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a sampler snifter. Poured pitch black with a minimal tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, and subtle dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The mouthfeel on this one was a bit of a letdown for me as it felt really thin for the style. I know this is nit-picking, but it definitely didn't make it more enjoyable for me. The aroma was pretty nice on this one, but the flavor was a little muted. Not sure what was going on, but I have a feeling they missed the mark on what they were ultimately shooting for. Still a nice brew that I would be happy to try again given the opportunity though.

08-26-2011 11:32:37 | More by thagr81us
Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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